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Feb 14, 2013 12:00pm EST
have barack obama who is a democrat, president of the united states. then we have harry reid who is the majority leader. so the democrats are in control of both. now, if you think back at what happened back in -- during the last bush administration, we had exactly the reverse. george bush was president of the united states and the democrats were a minority. same situation. so what happened? first of all, we had bolton come up, john bolton. same thing, subjected to a 60-vote margin. we had steve -- dirk kempthorne. all remember dirk kempthorne. there are a lot of people who did not approve of him. he was appointed by bush, a republican, and then when he came over here, the democrats didn't like him, they subjected him to a 60-vote margin. that wasn't a filibuster. this isn't a filibuster today. people are trying to say that and blame me as being the bad guy that's causing a filibuster. it's not the case at all. any more than it was the case back in the 2005-2006 and other times when we had a nominee that was put forth by president bush. it was objected to by the democrats. now, di
CSPAN
Feb 27, 2013 12:00pm EST
-bowles commission, nominated by the majority leader, harry reid and i served with 17 others, six by the president, and six from each the house and the senate, democrats and republicans, equally divided, and we considered the deficit crisis facing america, and it's serious. we borrow 40 cents for every dollar we spend. that's unsustainable. no family could continue with that kind of a regimen, no could could and certainly no nation can. so we have to have deficit reduction. but we need to do it thoughtfully. first, we don't want to do it too quickly. i met with a group downstairs from illinois, they are civic and business leaders from the quad cities area in western illinois. and we talked about the fact that we are in an economic recovery but a slow one, and one that is taking hold but slowly. and we need to take care that whatever we do doesn't jeopardize economic recovery. right now, downtown the federal reserve board is trying to keep the economic recovery moving forward and jobs created, and the way they're doing that is keeping interest rates low so it's cheaper to borrow what's needed for a
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